I somehow fell a bit behind in my RJ a day. So here are 6 items to now give you 28 RJ’s in 28 days. First up is the 1993 Upper Deck Sheet to commemorate 25 years of Padres baseball. I’m not sure if it was a stadium giveaway or not. RJ, Graig Nettles, Steve Garvey, Dick Williams & Nate Colbert are shown. I’m not really sure why Nettles was represented over Tony Gwynn but maybe they didn’t want to list any active players.
Next up is a 1976/1978 Wiffle Ball disc. Here’s the thing regarding the year….it says 1976 on the disc but in listings there is no 1976 Wiffle Ball set but there is a 1978 set. So I’m not really sure what to list it as. Unlike the other ’76 discs that are 3 3/8″ around, this one is a much smaller 2 3/8″ and instead of a pink front it is yellow.
Speaking of the “other ’76 discs” here is a 1976 Crane Disc. For the most part it’s the same as the other ’76 discs….except it actually says Crane on the top of the front instead of having 4 stars. The Crane Potato Chip is no longer around. The quick research I did shows that they were bought out by Borden Foods in 1988. Borden Foods was then shut down in 2001.
Another out of business company is Burger Chef. The last one closed down in 1996 but they still gave us this awesome 1977 Burger Chef Disc with the “Where Wolf” character on the back. Apparently at their peak they were 2nd to McDonalds and are actually the creators of the first kids meal.
This card was a part of the 2003 Padres Carl’s Jr. stadium giveaway set. Fans voted on the All-Time team earlier in the season and then they made this set to giveaway to fans on August 10th, 2003. The others in the set were…Manager Bruce Bochy, SP Kevin Brown & Gaylord Perry, RP Trevor Hoffman, C Benito Santiago, 1B Steve Garvey, 2B Roberto Alomar, SS Ozzie Smith, 3B Ken Caminiti, OF Dave Winfield, Steve Finley & Tony Gwynn.
Lastly we have a deck of RJ Playing cards. I honestly don’t know when these were made nor do I know what the story is behind them. But it’s a full on playing deck of cards. I remember getting these at a card show at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley back in the 80’s though. Man those shows were fun to go to, but I haven’t been to one since probably middle school.
Here we have a replica 1969 jersey that was given away during the 2009 season. I’ll be honest, personally I’m not really a big fan of the “replica jerseys”. They are very cheaply made and like all the t-shirts that are given away, are about 10 sizes to big for me. With that said, apparently the fans think otherwise since…it was the 3rd biggest giveaway draw of the 2009 season (41,665)….and it was against the Pirates…..and Shawn Hill & Zach Duke were on the mound. Yeah sounds like a very exciting matchup, doesn’t it? The Padres pitchers that night were Hill, Josh Geer, Eulogio de la Cruz & Luis Perdomo. Meaning the 10-1 loss won’t shock anyone.
I’m not 100% sure what the story is on these wooden coins. Were they stadium giveaways? Were they like the Jack in the Box taco giveaway of today, where people have to look under 3 square pans to find the magic free pizza coupon thus giving the whole ballpark free pizza? Why were they Square Pan Pizza coins and not McDonalds (uhhh hello? Ray Kroc!!)? Well here’s what I do know…. if you went into a Square Pan Pizza with one of these tokens, you’d get 2 free slices of pizza (Expires 10/2/80). I have 2 of them and took a picture of the front and back of the coins. I’ve thought of every way to get me some free pizza, but with Square Pan Pizza no longer around and an expiration date that goes back about 30 years, things aren’t looking good.
I just realized I haven’t posted a towel (You’re a towel!) in quite a while. So I now give you….a towel from the 1986 season. Apparently Padre hitters were complete a-holes back then and enjoyed hitting balls into delicious Coca-Cola beverages. Not cool guys. I’m not 100% sure it was a giveaway but I assume it was (the huge Coca-Cola logo plastered on it might have given it away). Plus towel giveaways in San Diego are mandatory I think.
This is the 3rd of 5 Padres bobbleheads given away this season, outfielder Kyle Blanks. Unfortunately for Blanks he was MIA on his bobblehead night, but unlike the Indians Victor Martinez Bobblehead night (who was traded from the Indians to the Red Sox), Blanks was on the DL at the time. It drew 28,138 (which is the 2nd lowest draw on the 2010 bobblehead giveaways). The Padres took on the Orioles with Kevin Millwood and his 5.12 ERA & 1-8 record and yet he out dueled Padres starter Clayton Richard. Tony Gwynn Jr. went 2 for 4 with a double and even gunned down Corey Patterson on a play at the plate. But the Padres lose 5-4.
Here is the 2nd of 5 in the 2010 Padres bobblehead set, 3rd baseman Chase Headley. If you recall, in my last post I questioned his bobblehead worthy-ness. Regardless, it’s still a pretty cool bobblehead. It was given away at the game on May 29th this season when the Padres took on the Washington Nationals. Attendance is what you’d expect from a Strasburg-less Nationals team to draw….25,956. Much like the last bobblehead game, Nick Hundley provided all the offense the Padres needed by going 2 for 3 with a home run, a triple and 3 RBI’s. Bobblehead honoree Headley went 1 for 3. Padres starter Mat Latos went 6 innings, striking out 8 and giving up 2 runs and then handed it off to the dreaded trio of Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams & Heath Bell, who went scoreless the rest of the way. Padres win 4-2.
With the Clayton Richard bobblehead night fast approaching (it’s this Saturday 7/31/10 GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!) I figured I’d fire off the other 3 bobbleheads that have been given away this season. First we’ll start with the first one of the group…David Eckstein. I have to admit, ever since the Dave Winfield, Randy Jones & Chicken ones of 2003, it’s been all downhill for the Padres and bobbleheads in years past (mini, race car, Adrian wearing lipstick) but this year they finally got it right with the set. Semi-realistic (as realistic as bobbleheads can get) and were pretty solid. I have a couple minor complaints though. One would be the flimsy background cards (that when the set is complete and pushed together form a shot of Petco Park). The cards cheapen the whole thing. Why couldn’t they have just done a mini background that’s a part of the bobblehead like the Reds did? The other is the selection of players. Before the season Eckstein, Kyle Blanks and Everth Cabrera were no brainers. Eckstein the fan favorite and Blanks and Cabrera who were young (IE: under control for a long time) and destined for big seasons this year after what they did last season. Chase Headley & Clayton Richard were big question marks though. If they were expecting to deal Adrian Gonzalez mid-season then why couldn’t they have given his away first. He’s the biggest name on the team yet no bobblehead? The excuse was that he had one last year (a horrible one, mind you), but I don’t buy it. Of course Heath Bell was in the same boat as Adrian yet there was no excuse given for his omission. Richard, while showing signs of promise last year, didn’t exactly earn a bobblehead. Why not the newly signed Garland or the young flame thrower Latos? Oh well enough of my complaining…..these bobbleheads still are great.
The game drew a respectable 31,324 to see the Padres take on the Diamondbacks. Kevin Correia pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless ball, striking out 8 in the process. Then the bullpen of Cesar Ramos, Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams & Tim Stauffer shut down the D-Backs the rest of the way. Nick Hundley provided all the offense the Padres needed by going 3 for 4 with a home run and 3 rbis. The man of the hour, David Eckstein, went 1 for 4 with a stolen base and was hit by a pitch. Padres win 5-0.